Oh me, oh my, I haven’t written in nearly two months. How the time escapes me! Rest assured it was spent doing all kinds of things, both productive and lounge-by-the-ocean-y. I began making video work, am helping plan an art festival, travelled to Montreal and Toronto, learned to thread a sewing machine, and kayaked with some whales. Here’s proof:
1. Craftivism – Queer Craft exhibition, workshops, and performances at Le Petit Versailles, New York City
I made a weird video recently called Rug Hooker and submitted it to Craftivism. It was accepted and so marks my first participation in a show outside of Canada! So thrilling. Our good friend Joshua Vettivelu will also be there with his installation Orifice.
You can read about the exhibition in this lovely article and interview with its curator Coral Short here. Check out Coral’s website for more details about the exhibition, workshops, and other artists.
Please note: the video is not necessarily family friendly (and probably you won’t want to watch it if you are one of my family members!)
Special thanks to my good friend and fellow artist Audrey Hurd for operating the camera/making video happen, and to Andrew Wardlaw for the use of his camera.
2. DreamZine deadline to submit extended to July 13th!
“This year, as part of the Art Marathon Festival, we will be producing a Eastern Edge members’ and friends’ zine! Following the festival’s theme of Dreamworlds we are inviting YOU to submit a 2 dimensional work that explore the worlds of your dreams – utopias, dystopias, fantasies, and delusions.
So send us your drawings, photographs, paintings, collages, poems, fiction, nonfiction, lists, recipes, instructions, found materials, performance documentation, maps and DREAMS!”
This is a dreamy chance at having your work exposed to an entirely new audience here on the East Coast!
Submission details can be found Here.
3. Tongue & Groove Collective @ Nuit Blanche & Land|Slide! September & October, 2013
Our sculpture collective Tongue & Groove are proud to announce that we are participating in two upcoming exhibitions: Land/SLIDE at the Markham Museum in September, and Nuit Blanche in Toronto, on Saturday, October 5.
Land|Slide: Possible Futures is an exhibition hosted by the Markham Museum, wherein artists are asked to explore “issues facing Canadians today: how to balance ecology and economy, farming and development, history and diversity.” Using the recent decision not to designate some of Markham’s farmland as protected Green Belt land as a departure point, the L|S team expanded their vision of the works to address the social as well as physical aspects of the towns’ development, present state, and complex history . The exhibition features installations, augmented reality, 3D projections, interventions and more from 35 national and international artists.
Nuit Blanche 2013 will include T&G’s large-scale installation of reclaimed and reconstructed furniture in Ami Barak’s curated section Off to a Flying Start, which also features the work of Toronto-based Kim Adams; Tadashi Kawamata of Hokkaido, Japan; Michel de Broin of Montreal and Pascale Marthine Tayou based in Ghent, Belgium; and internationally famed artist Ai Wei Wei with a new edition of his sculpture Forever Bicycles.
More info to come soon!
Lastly, today I started on building a new workbench in the basement. Self portrait of the artist as safety mascot: